Fishing industry nets a big haul
By KUE DAVIS
A NEW restaurant and top-notch equipment that's what's in store for the Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-op after receiving $740,000 in Federal Government funding.
Co-op general manager Phillip Nuess said that the funds would be used to upgrade their equipment and expand their retail operations.
"It's very exciting. The first grant means that we will be able to demolish all of our old cool rooms and freezers, and replace them with new ones. We will also be able to replace our 27-year-old ice plant," Mr Nuess said.
Mr Nuess also said that with the community assistance grant, the co-op will now look at establishing a restaurant that will serve great local seafood.
"We will be able to save in a few areas, including freight and commissions to Sydney," he said.
"These grants are compensating the community as well as the co-op."
Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, yesterday announced the two grants that he said would help secure the Co-op's future.
"These grants are vital in encouraging job sustainability within the fishing industry, and will help build and sustain employment," he said.
Another Coffs Harbour-based firm, Upscale Seafoods Pty Ltd, received a $250,000 grant to enable them to upgrade their refrigerated truck and install ice machines and a pallet freezer.
"That's almost $1 million into the Coffs Coast, securing the future of the fishing industry in the area," Mr Hartsuyker said.